We try to get all sentimental about the demise of the Mars Phoenix lander, but Brian Cooley ruins it with his outlandish assertions about the uselessness of space. Plus, he loses his mind about the crappiness of the BlackBerry Curve. In sum, a good time is had by all.Listen now: Download today's podcast EPISODE 850
Mars Phoenix Lander completes its mission http://news.cnet.com/8301-13772_3-10092897-52.html http://www.urbanhonking.com/universe/2008/11/interview_marsphoenix.html http://gizmodo.com/5082385/this-is-my-farewell-transmission-from-mars
Flat-panel TV shipments begin their decline http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10093153-1.html
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SolFocus, a maker of concentrator photovoltaic systems, has signed a $103 million (80 euro) deal with Empe Solar, a Spanish group that promotes solar energy use.
Concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) systems typically use lenses and mirrors to concentrate light on solar cells to maximize the amount of electricity they can generate.
SolFocus plans to install over 10 megawatts of CPV systems across southern Spain for Empe Solar between now and 2010 as part of the deal.
SolFocus has already completed three utility-scale projects in Spain.
The 10-megawatt installation would collectively generate enough energy to supply a town of 40,000 residents, … Read more
Can't be away from the TV screen for long?
Australia's ILVE has a solution for you: an LCD TV built into a rangehood.
While it's certainly not the most heinous attempt at integrating a home appliance with electronics, I honestly can't think of a worse way to watch TV: standing over a hot stove and craning my neck ceilingward. Ouch.
Designed by Italian Marco Valerio Agretti, the Vela rangehood is stainless steel and glass and does fancy stove-assisting duties like increasing the interior fan's speed as the temperature over the stove rises, filtering out grease, … Read more
In this episode, we pack a lot of content into a relatively small amount of time.
First off, Eric has his nerd cred questioned because of a Warcraft comment made in a previous episode, and Dong discusses making love, not Warcraft.
Serious business then as Dong presents another PSA: how to be on the lookout for fake antivirus software.
Then, can being left-handed be equated with being gay? Not usually, but Dong finds a way to connect them. Then, getting drunk. Dong tells a "scary" Halloween story about puking in a bucket.
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This week we get started with a very heartwarming and inspiring tale of Dong and and his little sisters as they traversed miles and miles to reach slave mines in Vietnam 27 years ago.
Then we learn a bit about monitor panel technology and why your monitor vendor doesn't want you to know what kind of panel is in your display.
Here's a very useful site for figuring out what time of panel is in your display.
After that, it's fun with system glut! Dong gives us some tips on how to best alleviate new system lag. … Read more